December is my favorite month of the year. I love the cold, which makes is possible to snuggle up on the couch. Wearing big, warm, cozy sweaters and drinking hot chocolate. December is filled with the festive spirit and Christmas decorations. So much so you can barely turn around without being hit in the face by some twinkly lights.
I love wandering around shops which now all smell like candy and caramel apples. I love shopping for christmas presents, because everything is just ten times cuter when it is Christmas themed. I love how the streets have been decorated like we’re living in Rovaniemi.
I love how people seem friendlier, and more generous. I think it’s beautiful that the Christmas spirit can change the way people live their lives, even if it’s just for a week or two. It’s almost impossible to be grumpy or hateful when it’s Christmas.
I love the time spend with family. I always spend Christmas Eve with just my parents, and we cook up something nice and watch old Christmas movies, like The Grinch or The Muppets Christmas Carol (my favorite!). On Christmas day, we have a lovely breakfast together and spend the evening at our house with some more family. We all prepare some traditional family dish that has been in our family for quite some time; like my grandmothers pudding and the most delicious salmon cocktail. On boxing day (which in the Netherlands is just called ”the second day of Christmas”) we drive out to family who live, to Dutch standards, quite far away. We spend the whole day just hanging out, and in the evening all the youngsters go out to a club nearby. This is always so much fun, because we don’t get to see this side of the family that often. Catching up, having fun, remeniscing. I love it.
And now it’s over. Christmas is officially over. Ended. Just like that. And I can’t take it yet, I’m not ready. So, to keep the festive spirit going for just one last day, I’m going to share with you a few of the pictures I’ve taken this Christmas.
Presents! Yay!! As you can see, we don’t coordinate our wrapping paper at al. There’s just a random collection of colors and prints, just like our chaotic Christmas tree. Perfect match!
A selfie with the Christmas tree was totally necessary. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate how enthousiastic we look.
We had a cheese fondue on Christmas eve, and this was the bread we were going to dip in it. I’d never had cheese fondue before, but I love cheese so it was an absolute winner for me! I loved it.
After dinner we watched Serious Request, where they announced the amount of money raised for young people who live warzones. They ultimately raised 7.5 million euro’s which will al go towards helping these kids and teens build a better future, giving them the supplies they need to fulfill an education and helping them set up their own businesses.
On Christmas day we watched Sissi. My mom watched this movie every Christmas when she was little, and now it’s almost become like a tradition in our house too.
This was the beautiful table set up we had on Christmas day. I think the plates are absolutely gorgeous!
How did you spend your Christmas this year? Let me know in the comments!